Newlin Grist Mill Brandywine Valley Fall Events

Close up of old stone grist mill with large water wheel and water.

There is so much more to do in the Brandywine Valley than just visit the wonderful DuPont estates which everyone is familiar with.  Next time you come to visit Longwood Gardens, Winterthur the Brandywine River Museum,  or Nemours, make sure … Continue reading

Historic Home Tour Chester County Pennsylvania

Historic house on Chester County Day Tour.

Mark your calendar for the 77th year of the historic house tour of Chester County.  If you are like I am, whenever you drive by a lovely old and historic house you’d love to be able to peek inside.  But … Continue reading

Celebrate Andrew Wyeth’s 100th Birthday with Retrospective at Brandywine River Museum

Andrew Wyeth's painting titled Winter 1946.

In conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum, the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. has organized a retrospective of the art of Andrew Wyeth.  Through the paintings on exhibit you will see how his work evolved over the decades. … Continue reading

Philadelphia Area is Garden Capital of America

A riot spring blooms at Longwood Gardens

Did you know there are over 30 gardens in the Philadelphia area and Hamanassett is within 30 minutes of most of them?   Planted so that every season is colorful, you’ll find special events throughout the year for the family to … Continue reading

Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia

Soldiers on the Brandywine Battlefield

The Museum of American History in Philadelphia contains thousands of artifacts including powder horns, American muskets, British and French swords, items from Lafayette and the headquarter’s tent of George Washington.  Of special note is the plan of the Battle of … Continue reading

The Compleat Angler – Fly Fishing in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania

Learn the art of tying fly fishing lures.

I’m sure most of you have heard about the book “The Compleat Angler” written by Izaak Walton in 1653.  Rather than being just a manual on fishing it is a story both in prose and verse which celebrates the joys … Continue reading

Elopements in Pennsylvania

The Elopement package at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast includes appetizers, wedding cake, bouquet, and bouteniere for the groom.

Congratulations on your engagement.  You’ve got the ring and now starts the planning for your special small wedding or elopement in Pennsylvania.  Sometimes it can become oveerwhelming.  Who do we invite?  What is our budget?  There is a way to … Continue reading

How to decorate a mantle for Christmas

Mantle decorated with green, gold, and white.

So many people ask where we buy our decorations or how do we do our decorating that I’ve decided to show step by step how to decorate a mantle.  The same steps can be used on a window, a stairway, … Continue reading

Christmas at Longwood Gardens in the Brandywine Valley

Bright lights on Christmas trees are silhouetted against the dark sky at Longwood Garden's holiday festival.

“A Longwood Christmas” at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania begins Thursday, November 24 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017.  And no, even though we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving in the Brandywine Valley  it isn’t too soon to start … Continue reading